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Finance chief calls settlements a waste

Israel’s finance minister criticized settlement construction in isolated parts of the West Bank as a waste of money and vowed to bring down the country’s governing coalition if it heeds hard-line calls to annex settlements. The tough speech by Finance Minister Yair Lapid highlights divisions in the Israeli government following the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks.

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